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Ngapuhi festival launches 'Iwi Idol'

This page contains information about the inaugural singing competition that will be launched at Ngaphui Festival 2018.
Updated: 28/11/2017 3:40 p.m.

The inaugural singing competition will be launched at Ngāpuhi Festival 2018, providing a platform to recognise and develop upcoming musical talent in Aotearoa.

Ngapuhi Festival 2018 is set to be the major feature of Council’s next Endless Summer Festival. 

Hosted by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi, with support from Council, Ngāpuhi Festival 2018 will be held at Toll Stadium, Whangarei on Saturday 27 January 2018. 

The festival’s audience grew from 4000 people in 2004 to 30,000 plus in 2016, and is now the largest free music, arts, cultural and community event in Northland. 

Ngapuhi 2018 will feature some of the Aotearoa’s best homegrown talent including award winning singer Aaradhna, soulful roots reggae band Paua and the melodic Modern Maori Quartet. Further announcements of performers will be released via their facebook page and website. (links below)

Iwi Idol will give one young person the ultimate chance to perform at the festival with award winning soul singer Aaradhna.

"With so many young talented singers out there, we wanted to provide a platform to celebrate and share their talent with the world. This is the first time Aaradhna has been involved with a competition like this, and she's really excited," says Festival Event Manager Tio Taiaki.

The competition calls for young people up to the age of 25 who live in New Zealand, to submit a one minute video of themselves performing their favourite song.  Ten finalists will be selected using a public voting process via Facebook. The grand prize winner will be selected from the group of finalists. Every finalist will be invited to perform at Ngāpuhi Festival 2018, with the ultimate winner performing live with Aaradhna.

Aaradhna says, “I’m really excited to hear some of the Iwi Idol contestants and look forward to performing one of my original songs with the winner. This opportunity should create an atmosphere where we recognise our younger generation and the talent they have been blessed with. It will also be an amazing experience for them to perform in front of a large scale audience in front of the community, their family & friends…good luck to all the contestants and I look forward to the event."

For more details on how to be involved visit:




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